Friday, December 15, 2017

Google and Amazon in ‘productive discussions’ about YouTube staying on Fire TV

YouTube is scheduled to disappear from the Amazon Fire TV in less than a month, but now it looks like Google may not yank YouTube after all.

Google has told The Verge that it’s in “productive discussions” with Amazon about “an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers.” No other details of the Google-Amazon talks have been given.

Earlier today, Amazon said that it would resume selling Google’s Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra two years after pulling them from its shelves. That move could aid in Google and Amazon’s discussions, as Google previously said that it was pulling YouTube from the Echo Show and Fire TV because Amazon didn’t carry Google products like the Chromecast.

It remains to be seen if Amazon’s decision to resume sales of the Chromecast will be enough to get Google to leave YouTube on the Fire TV, but it is a start. Hopefully the two companies can come to an agreement for the good of their shared customers.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ designs reportedly revealed in leaked images

Samsung’s Galaxy S flagships are often some of the most hotly anticipated smartphone releases each year, and so it’s no surprise that a lot of people are looking forward to next year’s release of the Galaxy S9. The good news for those people is that the rumor mill is working to make that wait a bit easier.

Several renders have leaked out that claim to show the design of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. These renders are not official Samsung images, but are instead based on factory CADs that’ve been shared with @OnLeaks, 91mobiles, and MySmartPrice.


The general design of the Galaxy S9 looks to be similar to the Galaxy S8. The Infinity Display is back, complete with slim bezels and curved edges, and Samsung may once again include a dedicated Bixby button and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The one big change from the S8 to the S9 happens on the back of the device. According to these leaks, Samsung will move the fingerprint reader from the right of the rear camera where it was on the S8 to below it on the S9. Many folks have complained about the placement of the Galaxy S8′s fingerprint reader, saying it’s too hard to reach and that it’s easily confused for the rear camera, so this would be a welcome change.


As with this year’s flagships, the Galaxy S9+ looks to be largely similar to the Galaxy S9 in terms of design. Rather than have a single rear camera, though, today’s leak suggests that the Galaxy S9+ will have a dual rear camera setup.

While nothing is official until Samsung says it is, the details included in these leaked renders do line up with a previous report about the S9 and S9+. It’s also rumored that while the S9 will come equipped with 4GB of RAM, the S9+ will get 6GB.

What do you think of these renders? Will you be happy if Samsung reuses the Galaxy S8 design for the Galaxy S9 but tweaks the placement of the fingerprint reader?


Sources: 91mobiles, MySmartPrice

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Samsung aiming to launch its smart speaker in the first half of 2018

Earlier this year, word on the street was that Samsung would soon be jumping into the smart speaker game.That rumor was shot down a little while later, with Samsung saying that it didn’t see enough potential in the South Korean market to launch a smart speaker. A month after that, though, and Samsung said that it was indeed working on a smart speaker that would be launched “soon.”

It looks like “soon” for Samsung is several months later, because a report from Bloomberg suggests we may see the smart speaker launch at some point in the first half of 2018. The sources speaking to the publication say that Samsung fully intends on offering the smart speaker in multiple markets at launch and that it could be priced around $200.

Samsung will aim to keep the smart speaker in the company’s product family, with integration with Samsung TVs, smart home devices, smartphones, tablets, and other devices. There will be integrated voice-based web searches, but according to the report, Samsung is still working on that particular feature.

And, of course, Samsung’s smart speaker will feature Bixby, its digital assistant.

Depending on price and features, would you consider picking up a Samsung-branded smart speaker?

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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: The Uncertain, Undersea

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Reigns: Her Majesty

DescriptionReigns: Her Majesty is the revolutionary follow-up to the smash swipe ‘em up hit Reigns. A cultural renaissance has bestowed the world with a new era of knowledge and enlightenment but greed and jealousy still conspire against the benevolent queen.


Amazing Katamari Damacy

DescriptionRoll your Katamari into a ball of galactic proportions in this cosmic endless runner. Help the Prince in this amazing adventure, collect thousands of objects, and team up with your royal cousins on a mission to restore the galaxy.


Ace Attorney Investigations – Miles Edgeworth

DescriptionAce Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth takes the Ace Attorney series from the courtroom to the crime scene, leaving the legal battle behind while bringing the action to various crime scenes. 



Description: Race through the depths and experience the breathtaking atmosphere of the undersea. Let the pumping soundtrack, stylish visuals and challenging gameplay push to the top. Action Arcade gaming at its best!


Flyff Legacy

DescriptionFlyff Legacy combines the charming anime style and social aspects of the original PC MMORPG Flyff Online (Fly For Fun) with new graphics and gameplay that will appeal to longtime fans and new players alike.


Radiation Island Free

Description: Radiation Island is a survival adventure game where you craft your own destiny in a huge open world environment. As part of the Philadelphia Experiment you have become stranded in a parallel, alternate reality. Discover this new and mysterious world, with all its surprises.


The Uncertain

DescriptionThe Uncertain Episode 1: The Last Quiet Day is an episodic story-driven adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic world. In the first episode you see it from the perspective of an engineering robot RT-217NP, who seems to be very curious about the human race, long extinct in wasting wars.


RPG Wizards of Brandel

Description: The young wizard Darius loses his house after he fails to make a loan repayment, and ends up living for free in the house of a wanted sorcerer! He meets a female swordsman who has absolutely no sense of direction, and a young demon girl who shrivels up immediately if she doesn’t drink enough water. Fate decrees that they end up traveling together.


Shootout on Cash Island

DescriptionBobby from Team HOT GUNS has a job to locate and secure the legendary Money Tree, but as it always happens in this kind of nonsense stories – he’s not the only one looking for it. Use guns, helmets, grenades and jetpacks to find and collect the map pieces placed in the empty jam jars around the island.


Big Shot Boxing

Description Big Shot Boxing gives you the opportunity to live out the career of a professional boxer from their debut to retirement. Choose how to train your fighter and manage their progression up the ranks.


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Amazon will begin selling Chromecast and Apple TV again

Remember a couple of years ago when Amazon stopped selling the Chromecast and Apple TV because neither device offered Amazon Prime Video? Well they’re now returning to the online retailer.

Amazon is once again selling the Chromecast and Apple TV. The company confirmed to CNET today that it will once again offer Google and Apple’s streaming devices, and sure enough, those product pages are now live:

All of the devices are listed as “Currently unavailable” at the time of this post, and Amazon hasn’t said exactly when they’ll become available again. Considering that Amazon has confirmed that the devices will be on sale again and that the product pages are now live, though, the Chromecast and Apple TV should be available soon.

There have been no shortage of ways to buy the Chromecast and Apple TV ever since Amazon pulled them from its digital shelves, including retailers like Best Buy and from Google and Apple themselves. Still, the return of these devices to Amazon is good news, as some folks prefer to buy from Amazon, like if they’re a Prime member. It’s also a smart move from Amazon since consumers now have the option of buying from Amazon rather than one of its competitors.

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BLU Life One X3 launches with 5.5-inch display and 5,000mAh battery

BLU is a very prolific Android device maker, and today the company introduced another new piece of kit.

The BLU Life One X3 is now available from Amazon. In fact, it’s getting a limited time discount at Amazon that’ll only be available while supplies last.

BLU’s Life One X3 runs Android 7.0 on a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display. It’s packing a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus and f/2.2 aperture as well as a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash and f/2.2 aperture.

Inside the Life One X3′s body is an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. There’s a fingerprint reader below the Life One X3′s display and a beefy 5,000mAh battery powering the whole package.

The BLU Life One X3 is sold unlocked and is compatible with GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.

With its huge battery and 5.5-inch 1080p display, the BLU Life One X3 could be worth a look if you’re in the market for an affordable Android phone, especially if you can get it at its discounted price. You can do so by hitting the link below.

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Wakeup Light

Wakeup Light

Description: Winter mornings can be a difficult time to get going. It’s often cold and dark. Wakeup Light gives you a gentle wakeup by slowly increasing the brightness of your phone. Mornings may be cold but with Wakeup Light they won’t be dark.



Samsung HeartWise

Samsung HeartWise

DescriptionSamsung HeartWise tracks your heart wellness data right on your smartphone and automatically sends it to your clinical team. It makes your heart wellness program easy and convenient.


Outings: Discover Beautiful Places



DescriptionOutings allows you to search for high quality travel stories about beautiful places from travel blogs and other places. Whatever you’re interested in searching for – outdoor adventures, historical sites, city life, kid-friendly activities, beautiful vistas, or the hidden gems – Outings will find the perfect spot for you.





DescriptionStoryboard transforms your videos into comics. It selects, lays out, and stylizes video frames using experimental research technology from Google that runs entirely on your device.





Description: Linkfy is the best tool for your links. Save, copy, share. Everything on your phone. You only need install the app and then it will be another tool on your phone. If you have a shortened link make sure you know where you are going before, it is one of the functions of Linkfy.


VectoRise Wallpapers



DescriptionVectoRise contains custom wallpapers, which are high resolution, well beyond QHD resolutions at 3200×3200 and usually vector based and minimal. Wallpapers will be added at a slow rate, but the quality will never be compromised. This app does not show ads.


Photo Background Eraser


Photo Backgroud Eraser

DescriptionPhoto Background Eraser advanced and great way to remove image background and place a new beautiful backgrounds. Create custom photos by erase photo and paste on another backgrounds. By using photo background eraser it is very easy to select and crop the unwanted or background of the photo using erase tool.





DescriptionStrike a pose and the camera will definitely love you! Selfissimo! uses experimental research technology from Google to capture photos automatically each time you pose, encouraging you to capture your best self.


Now Playing History


Now Playing History

Description “Now Playing History” shows a history of all the songs you’ve listened to, sorted by date. Never miss a song again! You can tap on an entry to listen to the song in your favorite music player (customizable) and mark individual songs as “favorite”. The app can optionally fetch additional details (such as the album name and album cover) for each song.


Direct from Instagram


Direct from Instagram

Description Shoot and share fun messages faster than ever before. Your Instagram friends are instantly added. Exclusive face filters, Boomerang and Instagram creative tools. Remix your friends’ pics.


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